Palestinian spectators watch a movie at Red Crescent Society hall in Gaza City February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are enjoying their first night out at the movies since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the enclave 20 years ago.Nevertheless, the projectors are rolling again, in a newly opened cinema whose shows have been limited so far to films about the Palestinian struggle for statehood.In the audience, Alaa Abu Qassem, a Gaza student who had never been to the movies before, reveled in the new experience.Cinema once flourished in Gaza. Faded movie posters, some in Hebrew and dating back two decades when Gaza was under Israeli occupation, still hang on the charred walls of what had been one of the territory's biggest cinemas. Salem said movies' contents had to be approved by Gaza's Hamas-run Interior Ministry before they could be shown.
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